Trips and Visits

Archbishop’s prides itself on the wide range of trips and visits both locally and internationally that play a vital part in enriching the curriculum and giving our students valuable life experiences that will linger long in the memory. This begins in Year 7 where the whole year group go on a residential to Lakeside to foster a sense of community and begin to develop those essential skills for life. Regular International trips in recent years have included Paris, Germany, Florence and the annual ski trip and visit to Auschwitz in conjunction with the Holocaust Education Trust, as well as those once in a lifetime visits to Kenya, Vietnam, South America, South Africa and America.

We believe that educational visits can enrich learning. Our trips and visits are planned on an annual basis to provide opportunities for our students beyond the formal curriculum. This includes working with charities, team building activities, World Challenge and numerous other opportunities. Each year parents receive a "Key Dates" document which includes all pre-planned events for the year including trips, this can also be accessed in the letters home section of this website.

Student Voice from Auschwitz

Before going to Auschwitz, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. Just over a week before we went, we attended a seminar at which we learnt about pre-war Jewish life. It was shocking to see how these people who lived ‘normal’ lives were targeted just because they didn’t fit the Nazis ideals. A holocaust survivor, spoke to us about how she was born in Mauthausen concentration camp and by several elements of luck, both her and her mother remained alive, unlike the rest of her family. This real-life account really put into perspective how real people experienced horrific events, with the majority not surviving their ordeals.

This is one thing we dwelled on throughout our trip to Auschwitz – that we must rehumanise and individualise everyone involved with the holocaust, both the victims and the perpetrators. The Nazis took away everything which made the victims unique, including their hair, shoes and even artificial limbs which we viewed at Auschwitz. Instead, they were provided with the same uniform, tattooed with a number and any remaining dignity taken away.

This trip was extremely moving and made me realise how insensitive it can be to use statistics to describe what happened during the holocaust. Instead we must recognise the individuals, and the lives that they could and should have had.

 

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